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Why you should choose a college that supports your dreams

March 12, 2020

“You’ll never find a job. You’ll have to forge your own connections, which are hard to make in that world.” As a young senior in high school in search of where I would spend the next four years of my life, these weren’t the words I was expecting to hear from my potential professors and deans about my wanting to study English.


Top study spots on Ouachita's campus

March 03, 2020

Studying can sometimes be stressful and distracting, especially in the wrong study places. Since Ouachita has many places to choose from, there is a place for every student to feel comfortable and motivated to work.


Any advice for someone who doesn't know what to study in college? #askingforafriend

February 25, 2020

If you’re about to head off to college, there’s lots to be excited about: new friends, new experiences and new opportunities to pursue your dreams. But, on the flip side, you might be panicking about what classes you should take, or what in the world you want to major in!


Game-changing community: How Ouachita offers student-athletes balance

February 18, 2020

“The Lord loves to surprise us.” I overheard these six words several years ago, and I don’t think a quote has ever resonated with my time at Ouachita as much as this one. I never could’ve dreamed up what all the Lord had in store for my four years as a student-athlete. I entered my freshman year as a student


12 book recommendations by notable African American authors

February 12, 2020

February is Black History Month – a time to remember the contributions that African Americans have made to our country and our world. Celebrate, commemorate and learn something new about black history as Ouachita’s Riley-Hickingbotham Library spotlights four distinguished African American authors and their books.


Behind the names: Rachel Fuller & Ouachita Singers Memorial Amphitheater

February 06, 2020

Pep rallies, classes, the freshman beanie ceremony – these are a few of the many Ouachita events held in the ampitheater outside of McClellan Hall. Often called “the amp” by current students, the Rachel Fuller and Ouachita Singers Memorial Ampitheater has great significance to Ouachita’s recent history.


Top apps for college students

January 29, 2020

There are so many great apps out there designed to help your life in one way or the other, but it can be overwhelming to find them. Where do you even start? Here are some apps I’ve found helpful as a college student!


When I grow up: How my passions inspired me to study political science

January 21, 2020

What do you want to be when you grow up? The question we have all been asked. As a child, this question allows you to dream. You could be a rock star, an astronaut or maybe even the president of the United States! When you are asked this question going into college, the reality may be very different.


From the "Ouachitonian": Emily McMaster

January 13, 2020

The concept of coming face-to-face with trials would push most into a state of panic and dysfunction. However, for Emily McMaster, a freshman kinesiology major from Texarkana, encountering daily trials became her way of life at the tender age of five.


Ouachita Voices: The blog, the people, the stories

January 01, 2020

So often, when Ouachitonians talk about what makes Ouachita Baptist University special, the answer is “the people.” This blog, “Ouachita Voices,” is a place for the people of Ouachita to tell the stories of Ouachita.


From the "Ouachitonian": Ethan Kuntz

March 09, 2020

For Ethan Kuntz, a sophomore music industry major from Murfreesboro, Ark., while one opportunity didn’t work out, it ultimately led to the opportunity of a lifetime: beginning his music career.


From the "Ouachitonian": Janeeshia Dashaiye Harvell

March 02, 2020

Janeeshia Dashaiye Harvell stepped up to the red carpet donned in an Arkadelphia Badger blue cap and gown and her neck weighed down with honor cords and stoles.


From the "Ouachitonian": Hayden Reedy

February 24, 2020

Previously published in the 2019 Ouachitonian yearbook Hayden Reedy, a freshman communications and media major from Dallas, Texas, had a dream. However, it wasn’t the typical childhood dream of being a famous singer or athlete. Hayden dreamed of a career in law enforcement. “They could carry guns and drive fast,” said Reedy. “For a little boy, that was interesting.”


From the "Ouachitonian": Danielle Hall

February 17, 2020

Unbeknownst to many this school year, royalty was on Ouachita’s campus. While they may not have been legitimate rulers, princesses had indeed walked on school grounds. Danielle Hall, a sophomore musical theatre major from Prairie Grove, happened to be a part of the princess club.


All the wiser: Making good choices in our search for happiness

February 10, 2020

As we begin a new semester, I want to share a brief reflection on this year’s theme, taken from our mission statement, “intellectual and spiritual growth.” Here's what I've been reflecting on: How do we make choices that will help us become the person God intends us to be?


Zac and Tiffeny Crow

January 30, 2020

Zac and Tiffeny Crow’s story began at Ouachita. They met here, and when their oldest son, Caleb, was ready to choose a college, they wanted him to have the same transformational experience that they had at Ouachita. Caleb chose Ouachita and receives the Legacy Scholarship simply because his parents are graduates of Ouachita.


Paying for college: 5 sensible borrowing tips

January 27, 2020

With the growing cost of a college education in today’s world, it’s no wonder that students and parents are concerned about how to pay for it. While student loans are a useful tool, Ouachita Baptist University strongly encourages all students to borrow responsibly.


From the Ouachitonian: Slaton Teague

January 20, 2020

Serving as a student minister gave Slaton Teague the opportunity to live out God’s will for his life. A senior Christian studies major with an emphasis in Biblical studies and Christian ministry from White Oak, Texas, Teague spent the past three years pouring into students as an intern, associate pastor and now a student pastor. His time at Ouachita shaped him into a lifelong learner as he continued to build relationships with students.


From the "Ouachitonian": Joao Rodrigues

January 06, 2020

For the 1500+ students who make their way onto Ouachita’s campus every day, each one has ­­a unique and specific path that brought them to Arkadelphia. Joao Rodrigues, a sophomore finance and business administration major from Ribeirao Preto, Brazil, had never even heard of Ouachita before thinking about college, but a big passion and talent for swimming was just what it took to come to school in southwest Arkansas.


From the "Ouachitonian": Claire Seale

December 30, 2019

Genuine. Redeemed. Transparent. These were words used to describe Claire Seale, a junior English major from Little Rock. And it was her story that spurred these precious words to describe her unique personality.


About the Ouachita Voices blog


The Ouachita Voices blog is a place for the people of Ouachita to tell the stories of Ouachita. Lend your voice to the conversation. Submit your ideas to socialmedia@obu.edu.

Read more about the vision of the blog here. 




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